Do YOU Trust Microsoft with Your Organization’s Security?

Posted on April 29, 2022 by Russell Smith in This Week in IT with 18 Comments

In episode 17 of This Week in IT, Petri’s Editorial Director, Russell Smith, looks at Microsoft’s rapidly growing security business after the recent earnings report. Plus, there’s more security news as Emotet moves from feeding off Office macros to PowerShell. And Microsoft teams up with Red Button to provide independent testing of Azure cloud infrastructure.

Plus, Microsoft is providing small businesses with one hour of free presales support for Microsoft 365, registrations for Build open, and Microsoft is quietly moving Microsoft 365 commercial customers to the Monthly Enterprise Channel.

And as always, there’s a spotlight on the best now tutorial articles on And this week’s Hot Tip shows you how to create Microsoft Loop ‘paragraphs’.

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18 responses to “Do YOU Trust Microsoft with Your Organization’s Security?”

  1. Russell Smith

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  2. ghostrider

    First, nothing is 'free'. To get some of those advanced security features, you need to be all in on the E5 M365 licenses, which are the most expensive. MS are also now playing their old trick of technically 'including' these advanced security services into an existing E5 license, which if you're paying for those already, will ultimately squeeze out any 3rd part solution you may have been running (classic MS tactic!). It will also make companies on E3 licenses consider paying more and upgrading to E5.

    This is essentially a back door method of killing competition, increasing revenue via more expensive licenses, while on the back end, MS don't really need to do much. The big question though - do companies trust MS enough? Historically, Windows (and most MS software) are security nightmares, and probably always will be. Heavyweight, complex, risky, but commonplace and familiar. It really seems strange talking about MS as a security company, when they have such a terrible track record, but this is 'new Microsoft' isn't it? Kind, caring, trustworthy. ;-) Believe that if you will!

    • Russell Smith

      It's interesting to see the increasing number of Linux security vulnerabilities coming to light. If Linux were to ever take over Windows on the desktop, which it likely never will, I'm pretty sure we'd have similar issues with security once you get over 1 billion sticky fingers on it. Although to a lesser extent because of the lack of support for legacy technologies. And as you say, less complexity.

      Re the business tactics, sure. It all makes sense.

  3. spiderman2

    more than google for sure ... but I trust no one at 100%

  4. wright_is

    Nice roundup, thanks.

  5. hellcatm

    I trust Microsoft more with my security than apple.

  6. waethorn

    Betteridge’s law.

  7. SherlockHolmes

    Thanks Russell, was very interesting. Internet and data security did become more focused on because of Covid and Homeoffice. I myself are working from home for about a yer now. When I have to trust a company with my data, then its rather Microsoft then anyone else. But Microsoft isnt perfect.

    • Russell Smith

      I'm glad you found it interesting! Thanks for watching. Microsoft isn't perfect. But then, neither is any other company. There's no such thing as 100% secure anyway so we just have to do the best we can.

    • SherlockHolmes

      for about a year now of course :-)

  8. JerryH

    I'm not interested in watching videos. If you could put a transcript into the articles, I would be happy to read the transcript though.

    • spiderman2

      I totally agree, I hate this video trend everywhere and for everything

      • Russell Smith

        Precisely because it is a trend, we can't afford to ignore it at Petri. Especially the younger audience often prefers it over written content.

      • arjay

        Me, too. I can read much more efficiently than watching a video, unless you are showing me how to do something physical.

    • Russell Smith

      That's certainly something we'll consider. Thank you.